latex allergy


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Immunology An immune response to latex that affects ±7% of the US population, and over 15% of health care workers. It can be either type I reaction or a type IV reaction.
Type I reaction Immediate (anaphylactic) IgE-mediated response to latex proteins, which occurs after prior exposure to latex. While latex anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, deaths therefrom are 'case report rare'
Type IV reaction Allergic contact dermatitis An immune response that causes a delayed—poison ivy-like—skin rash with blistering and oozing

latex allergy

Allergy medicine An IgE-mediated sensitivity to latex proteins Clinical Anaphylaxis, angioedema, asthma, conjunctivitis, contact urticaria, rhinitis, following sensitization to latex allergens; LA is common, affects ±7% of US population, ≥ 15% of health care workers. See Latex.

la·tex al·ler·gy

(lā'teks al'ĕr-jē)
Cutaneous hypersensitivity to natural rubber which is used in the manufacture of rubber gloves, condoms, and other articles.

la·tex al·ler·gy

(lā'teks al'ĕr-jē)
Hypersensitivity to latex-based products, those derived from similar plants, and those containing such synthetic materials.

Patient discussion about latex allergy

Q. I went out the other day with an ex, and things got “interesting” and then he refused to wear a condom saying he is allergic to the latex now! I mean, we’ve been together a few years before and he didn’t have any problem then. So how can he be allergic to latex all of a sudden? (we didn’t have unprotected sex if any of you wondered)

A. I doubt an allergy to latex developes over the years out of the blue, but it is not impossible that someone suffers from somewhat an allergy at a lesser extent that does not bother him and then later developes a stronger reaction to the substance.

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In fact, ICAP is becoming a viable alternative to other in vivo tests because it has increased diagnostic accuracy for latex allergy and can be used in those subjects who have special medical conditions (e.g., extended dermatitis, urticaria in the active phase, cutaneous anergy, recent intake of interfering medication such as antihistamines) that contraindicate the conduction of skin tests [26,27].
AYes, many people have a Latex allergy which causes a rash.
After the AIDS crisis increased latex glove use dramatically in the 1980s, several Type i latex allergy deaths were reported due to the high amounts of residual Hevea protein contained in medical products (Hevea brasiliensis is the primary source of rubber).
Regarding a latex allergy, there's a big difference between 100 percent natural latex and a latex glove, for example.
Around 3.6million people in Britain suffer from some degree of latex allergy.
The final language also may include a "precaution" about using Rotarix in children with spina bifida, bladder extrophy, or other conditions that predispose to acquiring latex allergy.
The exact prevalence of latex allergy is unknown and varies greatly based on the overall exposure of an individual to NRL, the study population and how the data was collected.
'If people with a latex allergy pick up the balloon there could be trouble.'"